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Services we offer

If you can’t find your problem in the list it doesn’t mean we are unable to treat it. Please ring or email and we will advise you the best course of action.

Osteopathy

Osteopathic care is based on the understanding that the body works as a unit and everything is interconnected, so when you experience a symptom in one area it’s rarely an isolated issue. For example, headaches may be caused by lower back problems, and those lower back problems may be the result of a hip, knee or foot problem.

Think of it as a row of dominoes – if just one is out of line, they won’t stack neatly or ‘function’ correctly. Line them up perfectly, however, and they’ll fall effortlessly against each other like a well-oiled machine.

Like a row of dominoes, your overall wellbeing depends on your bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue functioning smoothly together as a whole.

We recognise that everyone is unique, which is why we don’t just treat the symptom. Rather, we investigate deeper, gaining knowledge of the patient’s unique physical structure so that we can identify and treat the root cause of their problem.

Treatment usually consists of a combination of gentle stretching, soft-tissue releasing techniques and some specific adjustments affecting joints and soft-tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments).

Advice can also be given on self-help treatments.

Alongside the traditional tried and tested Osteopathic techniques, we also use other, more modern methods of treatment such as Ultrasound and Electrotherapy which are particularly effective for patients in acute pain.

The most common conditions that we treat are:

Back pain

Sports injuries

Arthritis related pain

Muscular aches and pains

Neck pain and aches

Trapped nerves

Wrist injuries

Foot and ankle injuries and pain

Headaches

Sciatica

Knee problems

Shoulder and arm problems

Acupuncture

Acupuncture dates back around 2,000 years and is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

It encourages the body to heal itself and to regulate pain. It seems that it stimulates our nervous system to release certain chemicals and hormones and increases blood flow, which reduce pain in the area treated. At the same time the muscle is encouraged to relax so reducing the associated stiffness.

Traditional acupuncturists believe that the underlying principle of treatment is that illness and pain occur when the body’s qi, or vital energy, cannot flow freely. There can be many reasons for this: emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition, infection or injury are among the most common. By inserting ultra-fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points, a traditional acupuncturist seeks to re-establish the free flow of qi to restore balance.

They will decide which points are right for you after a detailed consultation covering every aspect of your health and lifestyle. The aim is to direct the flow of qi to trigger your body’s healing response and to restore physical, emotional and mental equilibrium. Treatment is designed to affect your whole being as well as your symptoms so, as the condition being treated improves, you may notice other health problems resolve and an increased feeling of well-being

Sports Osteopathy

Sports Osteopathy relates to the treatment and prevention of injuries that arise from sport. With the amateur sportsperson training and competing at increasingly high levels and across all age groups, it isn’t surprising that injuries are becoming more commonplace.

A lot of injuries are down to overuse: not allowing time to recover from a session, playing too hard without warming up, not stretching down after exercise or inappropriate exercise for your age (how many fifty something year olds do we see who have decided to go back to football without improving their fitness level first?).

Osteopathy is now being seen as an important component of the treatment process; the number of sport clubs employing an osteopath has increased significantly in recent years and Osteopaths are regularly being called upon to treat at Olympic level.

Our knowledge of the subtle biomechanics of the body alongside advanced palpatory skills and diagnostic techniques means that Osteopaths are well placed to treat effectively and efficiently.

Sports Osteopathy can help to reduce fatigue, alleviate swelling, reduce muscle tension, promote flexibility, prevent injuries and prepare the athlete for optimal performance. It can be a valuable part in any athlete’s preparation and recovery, preventing injury and helping to achieve optimal performance.

Ultrasound and Electrotherapy can be used as the initial part of the treatment process. Later as you improve will give advice on stretching and return to full performance.

Expectant Mothers

During pregnancy there are huge changes in the mother’s body, both physical and hormonal.

The body finds itself under great pressure as the baby grows in the womb. Its extra weight, which can be up to 10kg of baby, water and placenta, results in an altered centre of gravity and postural changes from week to week.

Aches and pains arise as a result of the body adapting to this. For example as breast weight increases, the added strain on the upper back and neck can result in pain.

However, despite what you may have heard, back pain, leg pain (sciatica) and hip pain are not an inevitable result of being pregnant. There are many women who go through to full term without any problems.

How can Osteopathy help pregnancy?

Osteopathic treatment during pregnancy is safe and effective and the majority of pregnant patients are treated once or twice which is normally enough to be rid of the symptoms. We will discuss your treatments with you at the first meeting.

The Osteopath’s main priority is to ensure the complete safety of mother and baby. Osteopathic treatment throughout pregnancy is a gentle way of aiding the body to adapt to the changes it goes though.

Osteopathy can provide relief from:

Low, middle and upper back pain

Neck and shoulder pain

Groin pain

Chest and ribs pain

Sciatic leg pain

What does treatment involve?

Through gentle palpatory techniques, osteopathic care can help restore balance and improve the movement and flexibility of the pelvic girdle.

Treatment will involve various massage techniques plus gentle mobilisation and stretching of joints. You will be given simple home exercises regimes and back care advice.

You will also receive tips on posture, back care and how to deal with any pain you may be in during pregnancy. We can advise you how your birth partner can help you as you approach full-term.

The treatment is tailored to the patient and above all is gentle and safe.

If you like we can keep in close contact with your midwife, that way we can all be sure that you are fully taken care of right up to the day of birth.

Osteopathy For Children

Osteopathy’s gentle and non-invasive approach makes it ideal for treating children.

Our osteopaths are highly skilled experts with a great deal of experience in treating children. Using soft tissue techniques along with incredibly gentle articulation and mobilisation of the joints, they will work with your child to identify and treat a range of problems.

Your child is unique, which is why we don’t just treat the symptom – we treat the individual and when it comes to effectively treating an individual, there’s no such thing as ‘one size fits all’. As such, our osteopaths get to know your child’s unique structure so that they can target the problem specifically.

Your osteopath may recommend cranial techniques, which are subtle and gentle and non-manipulative. They are often used when treating young children and newborn infants.

Osteopaths work under the principle that there may be a number of contributing factors to the symptoms and will therefore evaluate not only the area which is producing the symptoms, but also associated areas that may be contributing to the issue, including past trauma, environmental factors and the family’s health history.

Think of it as a ripple effect – when you throw a stone into water, the reverberations (symptoms) continue long after the first splash (cause). Thus, to effectively treat a problem, the cause must be identified and rectified.

From growth development problems to sleeping, behaviour and breathing, our osteopaths will work holistically to create harmony between your child’s structure and function, improving their overall wellbeing and long-term health.

We will be treating new born babies soon, please contact us for more information.

Massage

Katia our wonderful masseuse is trained in Swedish, Deep Tissue and Sports massage alongside reflexology and beauty treatments.

Swedish Massage:
Swedish massage is used to improve circulation, ease muscle tension, promote relaxation, improve flexibility, and rids the body of waste products. It can be slow and gentle or more vigorous depending on what the therapist is trying to be accomplished. Lotion is often used to reduce friction and stimulate skin health

Deep Tissue Massage:
Slightly firmer than Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage is one of the best and most effective ways to treat pain and injury. It uses firm-pressure designed to release tight layers of muscle and tissue, which usually develops from bad posture, injury or overuse. Restoring movement in the soft tissues alleviates pain, muscle spasm and stress from the problematic area.

Sports Massage:
Sports massage is geared toward athletes of every kind, from world-class professionals to weekend joggers. It is designed to assist in correcting problems and imbalances in soft tissue that are caused from repetitive and strenuous physical activity and trauma. The massage is geared towards the area that is causing problems, usually associated with a sports activity.